10 August 2017, Thu, 7:23

Secretary General criticizes ABM Khairul Haque’s comment on Supreme Court verdict; terms such comment as ‘contemptuous’

Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 10th August, 2017 in regards to the objectionable comment of the Law Commission’s Chairman and former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque which he has delivered about the 16th amendment cancellation verdict in a press conference at his office on 9th August.

“According to the constitution of Bangladesh, nobody is above the law. So the Law Commission’s Chairman and former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque has made a contemptuous offence by making objectionable comment about the 16th amendment cancellation verdict. Such an unpleasant comment of ABM Khairul Haque is not acceptable to the nation. The law experts think, he should be tried of his comment which is amount to contempt of court.

In the press conference, ABM Khairul Haque has termed this verdict as preset and pre-designed. In this regard, I would like to assert that during his tenure as chief justice, he had made the final blow against the countrymen by upholding a process to seize the voting rights of the people as he declared the ‘caretaker government system void’ in his Moon cinema hall related verdict. His yesterday’s comment also proved that his that very particular verdict was also pre-planned and ill-motivated. Like ABM Khairul Haque, there are many peoples who have made derogatory and intentional comment following the publication of 16th amendment cancellation verdict. All of them have committed contemptuous offence and they should be tried for such offence as well.

In last couple of years, there were many incidents, where civil society members and political personnel were brought to the justice for their comments in regards to the court verdict. Then why the personnel who are now making objectionable comments about 16th amendment cancellation order will not be tried? The 16th amendment cancellation verdict has brought some damaging information about the government in forth and this is why they do not have the moral position to stay in power any more.

In this backdrop, the fellow citizens of the country sincerely think that the government should not push the nation towards any further uncertainty and instability. Instead of doing such move, they should leave the office immediately by handing over the power to a fair government in order to hold a free, fair, participatory and credible election.”